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hill. kelly? >> reporter: good evening, kate. well, congress is out of time, and frustrations are really running over. and while democrats and republicans say they want to find a solution and they are working toward that, they don't have a deal yet, and that means for now there is nothing to vote on before tonight's deadline. with your money on the line, tonight washington can only claim progress. but not success. >> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's not done. >> we're very, very close. >> reporter: close comes after intense, closed-door negotiations that kept even most members of congress in the dark. the white house and senate leaders have been trying to beat a deadline they created to stop massive tax increases and automatic spending cuts that could trigger another recession. but one breakthrough did come today. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax issues. >> reporter: a genuine compromise on taxes. most notable, rates would go up for couples earning above $450,000 a year. and t
more from capitol hill. >> reporter: members of congress left meetings on capitol hill sunday without a deal. hours before the nation is set to fall off the so-called fiscal cliff. >> there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can't strike a deal before midnight monday, taxes will go up for most every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in. millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but quickly withdrew a proposal to cut the deficit by slowing social security. >> there is a lot of give and take going on right now but republicans don't want to see tax increases used for new spending. >> reporter: vice president joe biden was called on to help with the negotiations, this as the white house places a lot of the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say their biggest prior is making sure we deal with a deficit in a serious way. but the way they are behaving is their only priority is making sure tax br
clinton remains hospitalized, congress release as report on the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> they walked into the compound and set it ablaze due to extremely poor security. >> the leaders of the senate homeland security committee released a report, a special report. it found the state department ignored security threats ahead of the attack. four americans died in that raid, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens who grew up in the bay area. >> it is not responsible for us, for the government to keep them in those very dangerous places unless we provide them with adequate security. >> it found the u.s. intelligence community knew benghazi was dangerous and unstable. they called on americans to close facilities over sea if they can't project. officials say -- can't protect. officials say they have made improvements since the attack. >>> new concern about a doom's day prophecy from warren jeff. he is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault. from prison he said the world will end between 2013. law enforcement officials are concerned about a mass casualties among his
. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. far above the $250,000 on which president obama campaigned. those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains and dividends rates. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you will notice on the paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> say the average person earning $1,500 a year will earn $20 more in tax increases. >> reporter: it extends unemployment benefits for one year and keep the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. and the alternative minimum tax got a tax for inflation. that shields an average of $300,000 each in higher taxings. get ready for a confusing tax season. >> it's very likely that people will not be able to file on time and not be
and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one and a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: now in about two months, congress needs to deal with spending cuts they put off and there will be a fight over the debt ceiling. reporting live in federal hill, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> so the deal is done and we won't pay anymore in taxes this year. but it's not true. the fiscal cliff deal keeps income tax rates at courage level for 98% but doesn't extend the payroll tax cut. more will go into socialsecurity. most lower and middle income familiesly vied -- families will avoid a thousand more in income taxes they will pay more for payroll taxer. >>> 2013 means changes are coming to health care. big thing to watch is with the health insurance exchanges. they have to be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange -- opted to build their own exchange. other things to watch out with the health care reform act is contributions to a flexible
in the nation's capitol. let's get to danielle nottingham with details. >> reporter: top congress impressional leaders left the white house after a last-ditch fiscal cliff meeting with president obama. the closed-door meeting was an attempt to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to king at the start of the new year. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senator reid and senator mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we could get a bipartisan bill out. >> reporter: at the present time reminded lawmakers thers
before congress next month about the report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, the number of police officers killed in 2012 fell by 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices died as compared to 165 last year. >>> next, to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. and is facing up to 17 years in prison. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-month-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. who now tips the scales at 15.4 pounds. and zookeepers say he's growing normally. he's got a big plastic ring and chewing on bamboo. glad to see he's doing well. >>> over to wall street for a check on your friday morning markets. the dow lost 18 on thursday closing at 13,096. the s&p was down a point and the nasdaq lost 4. overseas fared sl
'll begin our coverage tonight on capitol hill with more from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: good evening. congress is in overnight. after missing the midnight deadline, they are trying to work something else out. their own terms here in congress running out on thursday. even though the white house and senate made a deal, it is tough to get it through the house. at a bleary-eyed 2:00 in the morning, senators actually did what many constituents loudly demand -- both parties compromised to pass a fiscal cliff package. >> the ayes are 89, the nays are 8. >> reporter: then came daylight. and gop lawmakers hit a complaint from their own house republicans who expected to see some spending cuts. >> there's no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. >> i thought we were in a deficit crisis. i thought our families were being put at risk by this massive debt. what does this do about that? >> reporter: reducing the federal deficit was supposed to be at the heart of any deal, with serious spending cuts. in a gesture, the senate did cancel congressional pay raises but put off
. >> reporter: congress' inability to reach a deal has been frustrating to voters. >> they shouldn't have waited right until the deadline, but that's typical. >> reporter: even though the country officially went over the fiscal cliff at midnight, monday, the senate version of the bill makes all tax cut extensions retroactive to the beginning of the year. and if the house decides to amend this bill they will send it back to the senate. house gop members will meet again this evening. actually within the next half hour. that meeting is scheduled then. live on capitol hill, danielle nottingham, matt back to you. >> danielle, thank you very much. >>> earlier today the white house released a fact sheet on the deal. for starters it would permanently extend middle class tax cuts, extending credit for working families, raises $626 billion by ending tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% of the americans. promote deficit reduction and strong fiscal growth and extend the farm bill through the end of the fiscal year, thus averting a sharp rise in milk prices. stay with 9news throughout the night for the very latest
to lawmakers to nail down a deal o. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> reporter: republicans and democrats going back and forth behind closed doors working through night trying to avoid some of the most painful tax hikes and spending cuts in our nation's history. >> there is still significant distance between the two sides but negotiations continue. >> reporter: a possible sign of progress came when vice president joe biden rushed back from delaware to the white house to work the phones and reach out to republican senator mitch mcconnell, someone who he has worked with on many deals over the years. >> we're willing to work with whoever, whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> reporter: if these bipartisan talks fail overnight, senate majority leader harry reid says he will push a white house fallback bill that. would raise taxes only on families making over $250,000 a year. it would also extend unemployment benefits for two million americans. that could face an up or down vote in monday's se
from the white house. >> reporter: members of congress arrived at the capital to work on new year's eve to try to avoid massive tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect in just hours. >> there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart. but negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> reporter: sources say both sides are starting to pro mize on which families will keep bush era tax cuts. the president wand families making more than $250,000 to start paying more. democrats are reportedly negotiating to raise that limit. >> let's get this thing done. tonight when the ball drops, let's make sure we haven't also dropped the ball. >> i'm sorry that we are here, on new year's eve, and that we haven't solved this problem long ago. >> reporter: most of the negotiations have been happening behind closed doors. but lawmakers called on the white house. >> senate minority leader mitchell's fish market mcconnell began talking directly with joe biden. >> it seems like the president is handcuffing harry reid from bringing a bill to the floor now. the president is i believe s
to the congress the report also concluded that the military report for africa had no idea of the depth and breath of the cia operation and that the defense department would be called on to evacuate two dozen americans on such short notice, trace. >> trace: catherine herridge live for us in washington. thank you. another set back for the venezuelan president hugo chavez in his battle with cancer. the country's vice president said president chavez is suffering new complications after a recent surgery and that his situation is, quote: delicate. venezuelan government ministers held mass today at the presidential palace in the capital city. president chavez is due to begin a third term as venezuela's leader next month. it's not clear whether he will be healthy enough for inauguration. back here in the u.s. a million people expected to pack times square to watch the ball drop. and there will be lots of extra security keeping an eye on them. plus, dropping the ball in washington. word is we will plum met off the fiscal cliff at midnight. we will get updates from capitol hill and the white house next. a
the spring. >> reporter: the 1949 permanent law was introduced as a poison pill to scare congress into passing a farm bill and now it threatens to sour american's milk if congress takes it over the milk cliff. the temporary solution would be to hold an extension of the existing farm bill into the wider fiscal cliff resolutions and that is not moving. in los angeles, dominic dinatali, fox news. >>> things are going to show up in a different like in between the 13, literally. manufacturers are not going to make 75-watt lightbulbs. the cfl bulb and l.e.d. bulb is replacing them. the idea is to reduce energy use by 75%. >> l.e.d.'s, the biggest claim to fame is that they last a really long time. we're talking about 25,000 to 50,000 hours. and to put that in perspective, if you put a lightbulb in your child's nursery, you probably wouldn't have to change it until junior was ready to go to college. >> the 100-watt bulbs have been phased out. the 60- and 40-watt versions will disappear later. >>> speaking of green initiatives, this is a way to get rid of a real christmas tree. in rhode i
in front of us. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush-era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year, far above the 250,000 level on which president obama campaigned. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains, plus a new health care reform surtax. rob wood says you'll notice in your paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> the average person, say, earning $50,000 a year is going to pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes in 2013. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff agreement also increases taxes on estates worth more than $5 million and extends unemployment benefits for one year and keeps the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. the alternative minimum tax got a pat for inin addition. that shields 33 million taxpayers. even with the budget compromise, get ready for a
in front of us. the big cliff on all spending cuts. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there is even one second left before you have to do what you're suppose to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. for above the $250,000 level on which president obama campaigned on. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capitol gains, and dividend rates, plus a new health care reform surtax. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you'll notice in your pay tax will be history. >> the average person earning $50,000 a year is going to pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes in 2013. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff agreement increases taxes on the states worth more than $5 million. it extends unemployment benefits for one year and keeps the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. the alternative minimum tax got a tax for inflat
the deal. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act soon, drastic spending cuts will go into effect and taxes go up for everyone. senate leaders continue to work on the stop gap bill, but sticking points remain. >> there's still significant difference between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> reporter: reid said negotiation also continue through the night, with just hours left till that deadline. john and paula? >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is spending new year's eve in the hospital. during a checkup for her concussion, doctors discovered clinton developed a blood clot. now she's on medication. the medical experts we spoke with speculate that clinton may have developed the clot after days of inactivity due to the concussion. >> we wish her a speedy recovery. >>> millions of americans struggling to navigate roads that are glazed over with ice and snow. >> one crash alone, nine people passed away on an org highway and more than 20 others were injured. >> reporter: on the icy roads of the blue mountains in oregon, a tour bus crash on i-84. drives was also disastrous in the east
. >> reporter: well, david, they just blew it. it is now clear that congress will fail to pass by midnight tonight something to prevent virtually everybody's taxes from going up. they have known for more than a year that tonight was the deadline and they just blew it. the deadline to prevent that massive $600 billion combination of tax hikes and spending cuts will be missed. but the scramble continues. to try to get a deal done and passed over the next day or two, that would put the tax cuts, at least, back in place retro actively. and today, they sure seemed close to a deal. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax issue. >> reporter: and even though the deal was not finalized, the president seemed to take a victory lap today at the white house. >> keep in mind that just last month republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. obviously, the agreement that's currently being discussed would raise those rates and raise them permanently. >> reporter: it was a campaign-style event. >> i'm going to be pre
down a deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement, and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> reporter: republicans and democrats going back and forth behind closed doors, working through the night, trying to avoid some of the most painful tax hikes and spending cuts in our nation's history. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides. but negotiations continue. >> reporter: a possible sign of progress came when vice president joe biden rushed back from delaware to the white house to work the phones and reach out to republican senator mitch mcconnell, who he's worked with on many deals over the years. >> we're willing to work with whoever, whoever can help. no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> reporter: if these talks fail overnight, senate majority leader harry reid says he'll push a white house fall back bill, raising taxes only on families making over $250,000 a year, and also extend unemployment benefits for 2 million americans, that could face an up or down vote in monday's session. >> we're going to come in 11:00 a.m. tomorrow
tomorrow. it's a new congress as they need to start all over again. >> reporter: well, good to be with you, gary, on the historic day on capitol hill. could be a late night. gary will be here with the very latest at 11:00. back to you. >> talk about pushing it to the very end. andrea mccaren and gary, thank you. >>> you have seen us ask several lawmakers in the last few months if they would be willing to cut their own salaries to get a deal. tonight, we can tell you that the version of the deal passed by the senate early this morning does include a provision to stop the pay raises for all members of congress. it remains to be seen if it will survive in the house. >>> you can get all an alert sent straight to your phone, whatever the house vote, whenever they vote. just text the clip to 25543 for the latest information. >>> anita today marked the first day of the same-sex couples that they could start tieing the knot in maryland. seven couples decided to do just that on the banks of the chesapeake bay. >> reporter: i'm scott broom on the eastern shores where seven same-sex couples tied the
to congress. >> reporter: republicans have had several chances to pass a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, but they did not do so. the president seems cautiously optimistic something will happen. the president adds that -- adding that he asked the senate to come up with a deal, but that if they do not, he says he wants them to vote to extending the bush tax cuts for the middle class. positive news, concerning former president george h.w. bush. his office released a statement saying he has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at methodist hospital. he was admit to the the hospital, the day after thanksgiving with bronchitis. three people are dead after a small plane crash in california. investigators say a 63-year-old man, his wife and daughter were flying from san diego to phoenix when the crash happened. the cause is under investigation. final preparations are underway for the big new year's eve celebrations in times square. organizers have tested the confet tow make sure it floats. thousands of people from around the world wrote wishes on the confety
of congress saying get a deal done. >> reporter: it was. and we saw backlash just moments after the president came out and spoke. there were some senators who felt as if that was not the right time for the president to do that almost bullying them into getting this all done senator john mccain not happy with the president's words as well one senator tweeting out that if the president thinks this is going to help the process he is actually wrong. but in the end, despite push back, and the strong words used from the president, they were able to get it done but the country did technically go over the fiscal cliff. but they are working to fix everything so that we don't feel the pain of going over the fiscal cliff. so, how will the house vote? that's the big question coming in to today. and the short answer is we are not sure because house leaders put out a statement following the vote in the senate and they gave no promises. they simply said that they will consider is coming to them. they will read it and they will make their decision after that. but no indication whether they will do as the se
. >>> messages to congress. cnn ireporter sending in their thoughts on the fiscal cliff and the politicians behind the looming crisis. we'll hear from some of them. >>> plus, we're taking a look at the ten most memorable moments of 2012 from around the world. share everything. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. [ male announcer ] jill and her mouth have lived a great life. but she has some dental issues she's not happy about. so i introduced jill to crest pro-health for life. selected for people over 50. pro-health for life is a toothpaste that defends against tender, inflamed gums, sensitivity and weak enamel. conditions people over 50 experience. crest p
. >> reporter: because they say the agriculture department would stall it until congress finally acts. >> we're definitely concerned and we keep our eyes on the market. >> but for businesses like benton's dependent on dairy, even the thought of a price hike sends shivers. >> are these going to escalate as well? i'm sure. >> reporter: ice crime lovers joked, that gave them a good reason to eat more now. 1849 quotas will kick in for spring crops but milk is the most pressing issue because it's year round. debora villalon. >>> an update that we first brought you last night about a shooting in the parking lot of the bay point b.a.r.t. station. the victim an 18-year-old richmond man was driving a white toyota camry when he was shot just before 7:00 last night. the suspect's vehicle is described as a black nissan maxima with tinted windows. anyone with information about that shooting is asked to contact authorities. >>> we now know the name of the driver who struck and killed a woman as he was fleeing from officers. st.dwan moore is now behind bars. the highway patrol tried to pull him over on 90
and they need to put themselves in our shoes. >> reporter: if congress cannot put their act together the financial cliff for 1.2 million americans 400,000 here in california may be a financial guillotine, tom vacar, ktvu news. >>> as tom mentioned 1.2 million americans would lose their long term unemployment benefits a deal could not be reached. a big portion of that population lives in california where 400,000 people would be affected. in the bay area we found there are more than 22,000 people in alameda and contra costa county that would lose their benefits. >>> the comptrollers office advice that employers use 2010 rates. social security would take an extra 2%. if the cliff is avoided, workers will be reimbursed. >>> a new alert system for missing seniors is set to take effect in california january 1st. it's called the silver alert program. the system is similar to the amber alert program for missing children. but it's intended for seniors who suffer from dementia. they will issue emergency reports to median and laboring law enforcement agencies. >>> friends in the bay area are re
the soonest a deal may come could wind up being january 3rd when the new congress takes over. reporting live in washington, i'm danielle lee. >> thank you, danielle. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they will launch their countdown today. they say their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> going over the fiscal cliff could have a huge impact on the local economy. thousands of people can lose their jobs, especially federal employees and government contractors. the defense industry could face billions of dollars in cuts. >> the third largest number of federal employees and probably the largest single number of federal contractors. so that federal nexus is really important to our economy. we need to end the uncertainty. >> economists say it's possible for us to "step over" the cliff. that means lawmakers will reach some kind of a deal in a few weeks after the new year begins. >>> breakin
appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act soon, drastic spending cuts will go into effect and taxes go up for everyone. the tax impact for the average american family, more than 3400 dollars. senate leaders continued to work on a stopgap bill but sticking points remain. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> reporter: negotiations will through the night, now with just hours to go until the deadline. abc news washington. >>> for more on the fiscal cliff and what it means for your money, we've got you covered, abc2news.com, just head to our home page slide show for a break down of the different scenarios in washington and what they could mean for your paycheck. >>> and now, maryland's most accurate forecast. >>> gusty winds this afternoon. take a look. a shot that looked very cold in parkville with those clouds, from time to time, mixed in with some sunshine. take a look at chesapeake beach, very gusty winds now along the bay this afternoon. we'll take
more. >> reporter: president obama p arrives in hawaii to resume his vacation, now that congress hash pulled the country back, aftertr it previously fell over the fiscal cliff.sc >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wellest 2% of2% americans, while preventing a middle class tax hike. >> reporter: markets opened up, after house members approved the senate deal on tuesday that eskeeps tax rates the same for couples making less thanl 450,000. >> we take a step, a positive step. >> reporter: but many republicans aren't happy becausp the pydeal adds 4 trillion to te national debt in the next ten years. >> now talk about cutting, spending, it's kind of a joke. >> reporter: the spending debats will come as the country has to raise the debt ceiling. >> the problem is, we set up three more fiscal cliffs.cli we have to look pack at thist night and -- back at this nighti and regret it. >> it's a bee trial by the speaker. >> reporter: there's outrage that gop leadership didn'tsh follow through on a scheduled vote for sandy relief.re some lawmakers think the bill il too expensive, and pac
a continuation of the negotiations with congress and the president. >> reporter: thanks very much. one other person said to me, it's a huge problem when the biggest threat to the u.s. economy is the u.s. congress. i kind of agree with him. >> you know what, i want you to go back and tell that mark that my resolution is to be more like him. just say what's on your mind. he's direct. >> reporter: he certainly did. it's great -- but people feel passionate about this. we're working in this business where we watch sort of the trickle of events, but everybody else is watching it too. it's very frustrating for everybody. >> people are ticked, hence you are at the tick tok diner. that's my attempt at humor. alison kosik, thank you, my friend. happy new year. >> reporter: sure, you too. >>> besides talking to people in the diners, we're also collecting your thoughts online. if you want to see what a lot of your fellow americans and those who live here feel about this, go to cnn.com. you can hear the reports to washington. there's some doozies in there. >>> the fiscal cliff is somewhat set. now it's u
. >> reporter: sequestration is designed to be painful. it was imposed by congress on itself when the super committee didn't work it out. president obama said today the cuts can be offset by raising taxes on the rich. >> we have raised revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, then that would be sufficient to turn off the automatic spending cuts, and that also would have a better outcome for our economy long- term. >> reporter: senator graham told me he thinks it's possible to find $600 billion in cuts elsewhere to spare the department of defense the next decade. but he thinks a bipartisan agreement can't be reached until february or march. >>> small business owners are especially afraid their bottom line with suffer. economists say businesses are holding back on spending money and for slowly strengthening economy, a shock to spend less could push the country back into a recession. >> businesses aren't hiring at the pace we would expect, because small businesses say we can't hire until we know what the tax system is going to look like, and what our tax bill will be in 2013. >> econom
. >> reporter: member of congress left meetings on capitol hill sunday without a deal hours before the nation is set to fall off the fiscal cliff and negotiatations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can't strike a dell before midnight monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits and i'm billing to get this done. >> reporter: republicans introduced but quickly withdrew a proposal to cut the deficit by slowing the growth of social security. but senators say there is some movement as both sides try to pro mize about which americans should start to pay a higher tax rate. >> republicans don't want to see new revenues, in other words democrat tax increases used for new spending. >> reporter: in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number two democrat gyp joe biden to help. >> they say their biggest prior is making sure we deal with a deficit in the, this a serious way. but the way they are behaving is making sure tax breaks for the wealthiest are protected. >> reporter: democrat
." cbs reporter tara mergener says congress remains gridlocked and fewer americans expect any progress before the new year. >>> reporter: senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year. and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short term spending cuts until a bigger dooley can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> reporter: while senators try to brave the bad weather that has hit many parts of the country, in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first. >> good morning? >> reporter: house republicans scuttled the proposal from speaker john boehner last week and 48% of americans say they are to blame if no deal is reached. >> both sides here have a problem wi
for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: the current congress will be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and unher it the huge problem out of the congressional gates. audrey barns, fox 5 news. >>> love that song. redskins fans coming down to tomorrow night's kickoffs against the rival, the cowboys. a lot is on the line and lindsay murphy joins us now. feels like christmas eve all over again. >> and i am going to -- some football. >> reporter: redskins have had nailbiters this year and this is the first since 1979 that both of the teams were fighting to make it in the season. >> and everyone in the media, you could not have scripted it better. >> i know. >> and this is against the most hated rival. >> reporter: they would guarantee themselves at least a wild card spot if the bears and vikes lose. they must beat dallas to win the division and advance to the post season. tomorrow will be the final game of the season for dallas if they lose and this is an eerily familiar feeling for cowb
of us and what happens next? karen travers tries to explain. >> reporter: the stock market surged this morning. late last night congress finally spent president obama legislation. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy oar at one point it looked like the deal could fall apart. >> there's no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt what we're really doing is raising taxes to gift president more money top spend. >> reporter: some republicans were pushing house speaker john boehner to add new spending cuts, but ultimately, there weren't enough votes to get that passed. so the house approved the senate measure. it prevent as tax hike on estates less than $5 million and extends unemployment benefits for some 2 million people but the payroll tax could expire, which means an increase on salaries by 2% for workers earning up to $110,000 a year. then stuff the bill didn't do. to avoid this fiscal cliff congress set up new ones. two ones they will have to deal with the automatic spending cuts. there lab nasty fight over the debt ceiling.
golodryga with the story of just one family and the huge tax increase, if congress doesn't figure this out. >> reporter: until there's an agreement, this what the martins from raytown, missouri, like so many middle class american families, face. a hefty spike in taxes. beau, a government contractor, and deanna, an office worker, make a combined income of about $60,000. without a deal, their income taxes will rise by roughly $2,400 a year. on top of that, like everyone else earning $110,000 or less, they'll pay higher payroll taxes to pay for social security. with or without a deal, those are set to go up across the board by 2%. and for the martins, that means they'll pay an additional $1,200 a year. income and payroll tax increases combined, the martins are looking at an additional $3,600 in 2013. and it doesn't stop there. without a deal, feeding their 2-month-old baby daughter, gracie, could cost the martins a lot more, too. every american faces the potential for a huge jump in milk prices. the farm bill has stalled, and subsidies have been rolled back. without a deal securing that help
the heat on congress applying new pressure on sunday in an interview with david gregory on "meet the press." nbc news white house correspondent has details. >> reporter: on "meet the press," president obama continued his public campaign to pressure congress. >> if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up, and for the average family that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income and the who economy can slow down. >> reporter: he called an lawmakers to strike a deal or hold a vote on his plan which would raise tax rates on wealthy americans a major sticking points for republicans. >> the way they are behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. that seems to be their only overriding unifying theme. >> reporter: after the interview republican leaders accused the president of assigning blame instead of leading. >> when they say leadership falls on you mr. president you don't have a role here in breaking this impasse. you've had a tough go with congress. >> if folks can't say yes to good offers, then i also have an obligat
, kyla campbell joins us live from dc. >> reporter: tara, some members of congress hope this meeting will produce a deal but others say the situation is hopeless and this meeting is just for show. we are taking a live look outside the white house, still not sure whether we are going to get video from the high stakes negotiations, harry reid and mitch mcconnell and john boehner and nancy pelosi are joining president obama and the vice-president. the white house insists the president is not putting new offers on the table but there are reports of a compromise to raise tax rates for them. both sides say thar are disappointed. >> it is totally a lack of courage to deal with these issues. from washington to wall street there is a sense of gloom but the prospects of deal. here in dc a new furlough warning went out to federal workers, deep spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect for every 1 on new year's eve if congress doesn't take action. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thanks, if the president and congress are not able to avoid the fiscal cliff experts say people here in califo
limit debate kicks off. reporting live in washington, back to you. >> thank you very much. we appreciate it. >>> for his part, president obama has been trying to turn up the heat on congress, applying new pressure sunday in an interview with david gregory on "meet the press." nbc news white house correspondent kristin welker has details. >> reporter: on "meet the press," president obama continued his public campaign to pressure congress. >> if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income, and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy's actually starting to pick up. >> reporter: he again called on lawmakers to strike a deal or hold a vote on his plan which would raise tax rates on wealthy americans, a major sticking point for republicans. >> the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. that seems to be their only overliove overriding theme. >> reporter: after the interview, republicans accused the president of a
they are and there should an up or down vote. >> reporter: if they reach a deal it won't pass congress necessarily by monday night. if it doesn't every body income tax also go up. average family would pay an extra $3446 more in 2013. and farm programs would expire. potentially doubling the price of milk. and if congress doesn't pass a new bill. >> we will come back with a new congress in january 4th and the first bill that will be introduced will be class families. >> reporter: the bargaining continues tonight. abc news, new york. >> for more on the fiscal cliff we have you covered. go to abc2news.com. head to the home page slide show for breakdown of what difference scenarios in -- difficulty scenarios in washington -differ scenarios in washingtoncould different scenarios could mean in washington. >>> look at the flames shooting from this house. investigators say a 4-year-old saw the fire and told his grandmother because his parents were not home. man inside tried to put it out- - -- a man inside tried to put piet out but the flames were too intense. no one was injured but the fire caused more than $100,00
. >> but with this congress that was a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly endorsed the deal. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> now, the house is set to reconvene today at 9 a.m. pacific time. a house vote is expected today or tomorrow. >>> what a night. no fog this year, perfectly clear last night for fireworks along the waterfront here in san francisco. it's beautiful out there. a lot of people showed up for the 15-minute display and jammed the streets near the bob barker. when it was all over, i think most of them are still out there, it was crowded getting into work today but there was some violence during the new year's celebration here in the city. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san francisco with the problems police had with the new year's crowd and has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. happy new year. san francisco police had their hands full because some celebrations did not go as planned. there were two separate shootings last night. now three people are recovering from gunshot wounds. the first one happened around 10
to something this week. >> reporter: analysts say congress may miss its own deadline, and that could tee up a january fix, but damage may be unavoidable. >> when push comes to shove, they will find a way to bridge their differences. and it may not be pretty, but it will get done. it may get done in such a chaotic fashion that the economy will pay a price. >> reporter: so we hear from more democrats and republicans this sort of acceptance they might slip past that january 1st deadline and keep working on this. at the same time, both sides said they want to get a deal, and they know there's a lot of pressure from their constituents, from the larger political environment to do something. will this afternoon's meeting have an impact? too soon to say, but it's a step that's intended to show they're working at it. willie. >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. thank you. we're joined now by republican senator john thune of south dakota and democratic senator chuck schumer of new york. gentlemen, good morning. by my count, we're less than 90 hours away now from the new year's eve deadline. senator th
. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting that president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry, found gun enthesists are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws. chuck is an instructor at nova firearms in falls church, virginia, where they nearly sold out of ar-15's and high capacity magazines after newtown. >> so ironically this shooting is inspiring more people to buy this gun, the ar-15 and the high round magazines? >> if i could, i
affecting the economy. today, a closely watched business group reported consumer confidence has declined for a second straight month, a sign americans may continue to hold back on spending. consumers won't like what they see at the supermarket if congress doesn't pass a new farm bill by january 1. milk prices could double to $7 a gallon or higher. john blackstone tonight explains why. >> who wants milk? >> me! >> reporter: with four children, the rasmussen family of los angeles drinks about five gallons of milk a week. if congress fails to pass a farm bill, they may end up spending an extra $120 a month on milk. that has dad sean rasmussen worried. >> we will not cut back on milk. they have to have their milk. we might have to cut elsewhere. >> reporter: without new legislation, government price supports for milk will revert to 1949 levels. back then, the process was more laborious, and farmers needed a higher subsidy to cover their costs. dan summer, professor of agricultural economics at the university of california davis, says the new price of milk will be far above what it now costs
with people's lives. and i don't think that's correct. >> reporter: even if congress manages to break the gridlock in time, more trouble is just around the corner. when the u.s. reaches the debt limit again in a few weeks. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> a new state law that goes into effect tuesday worries people concerned about distracted driving. the law will allow drivers to send text messages as long as they use technology that is fully voice operated and hands- free. supporters of the new law say it's better than having drivers type while driving but opponents say that hands-free texting still draws attention away from the road. >>> other than laws going into effect carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in condos and apartments with smoke detectors. two laws ban businesses and schools from demanding that employees or students share their social media information. breast-feeding will be added to protected conditions that prevent discrimination in employment or housing. school officials and coaches must report suspected child sexual abuse. and testing of self-dri
. >> reporter: brian is congress does not act taxes will go up on all americans next tuesday. they are scheduled to get back to work for tomorrow morning which is when president barack obama's flight returns from hawaii but many are pest mystic he will reach -- pessimist particular they will reach the deadline. it is the republican controlled householding out. house speaker john boehner wants increase for those making only 1 million a year. they say it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not. >> if we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional you are responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: some republicans are saying president barack obama will actually get his way if a fiscal cliff is not reached before the deadline, kyle la campbell, washington d.c. newsroom. >>> and in general delegations are not as crowded as the first ones. as many as 800,000 are expected to be there for the president's 21st inauguration and that's less than those who flooded the area in 2009. >>> it should be much better and governor brown wants to overhaul the state'
plan, report it to congress to be considered without debate -- i shouldn't say "without debate." without filibuster, without delay, and any member that can offer a substitute amendment that achieves 75-year solvency can also call their measure at the same time. let us have this chance to have this debate and to make sure we have solvency for social security that will affect not only all of our lives but the lives of our children and beyond. that, to me, is a responsible thing to do. medicare -- much tougher. medicare goes broke in 12 years. 12 years. why? well, because low lo and behold, today 10,000 americans reached the age of 65. we knew it was coming, but as the baby boomers show up, their demand for services that they have paid for and i vested in throughout their working lives are going to continuing to he grow. those people who say there's too much government spend, we've got to stop the government spending, i want to ask them, are you going to a to the millions of americans who paid into social security for a lifetime, paid into medicare for a lifetime, that we're going
important decisions to the upcoming 113th congress. 9news reporter surae chinn is live on capitol hill with more on the story. good morning, surae. >> reporter: good morning, andrea and mike. yes, it was a late night on capitol hill, but in the end, the house did vote on the senate fiscal bill, although it was very late. it was around 11:00 last night. the vote by a margin of 257-167 opposing. and many consider this a political victory for president obama. that comes one day a. fiscal cliff deadline. but they will work retroactively to extend the tax rates for most americans. it's what he campaigned on to raise taxes on the wealthiest. the bill raises income taxes for individuals earning $450,000 a year and families earning $450,000 a year. it includes an extension of unemployment benefits for about two million americans. >> under this law, more than 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. >> reporter: but of course this all delays more fiscal cliff showdowns. the bill delays spending cuts for two months, sequestration and also the rest of th
and some not at the chain. often an america that would be the president of congress. you share that report with the local newspaper printer. i'm not newspaper printer would send additions up and down and you would see the after action report appear in multiple newspapers up and down the colonies. so here we have the junior 23rd 1777 of the carnal journal that includes george washington's own account of the battle of trenton and crossing of the delaware. you can see at the top the dateline baltimore come over congress is meeting at the time. i said earlier you really don't see headlines in the 18th century newspapers. was a dateline is an extract of the letter from. here's april 21st 1775 issue of the new hampshire gazette. extraordinary for its content and that it reports the breaking news of the battle of lexington and concorde, but also historically significant and forced her to. the fact that the left column is dedicated to the content of lexington and concorde. more importantly is a centered headline, but he news, which surely caught the attention of columnists reading this particular
illegal just to put food on the table. >> reporter: her message to congress. >> the real people that are here that are looking for work, we have sleepless nights. and they need to put themselves in our shoes. >> reporter: she and 1.2 million other americans in those shoes. reporting live, tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> more details now on the fiscal cliff, 1.2 million americans will lose their long term unemployment benefits the a deal can't be reached. a big deal of those people live in california. in the bay area we found there are more than 22,000 people in alameda and contra costa county who would lose their benefits. >>> the national association of realtors says its index of pending home sales rose 1.5% in november to its highest levels in 2-1/2 years. the index came in at 106.4. 100 is the minimum level considered to be healthy. >>> on wall street today the looming fiscal cliff deadline pushed stocks lower. the dow fell 158 points. >>> two deaths in five hours, it was an especially deadly night in oak land. help is resting on outsider to bring peace to this city. >> r
. >> ban assault weapons, congress. >> stop killing our children, nra. >> reporter: they're loud, they interrupt, they're code pink and you've seen them before. >> the nra has blood on its hands. >> reporter: today they're at the nation's gun show at the dulles expo and they're outnumbered by gun enthusiasts, but out shouted by none. >> they have armed guns. why don't you go protest them? >> what does that have to do with an assault weapon? >> have you ever heard of the second amendment? >> the second amendment in the supreme court made it abundantly clear that there's nothing against banning assault weapons. you know what? you're an idiot. >> both sides may never agree. tonight we search for answers inside the more packed than usual gun show. issue one, the so-called gun show loophole. >> they can make a transaction right there with no background check. that's what part of this gun show loophole. >> reporter: annette elliott runs the show. she takes issue with calling it that. >> it's a private citizen that owns a firearm that can sell it without going through a background check
lose to lower their tax bill, those would go away. >> reporter: even if you don't have a job, congress is also negotiating an extension of long-term unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. so what can you do? >> reporter: unfortunately, there is not a lot of things people can do. i think people can contact their members of congress to say they are not happy with the job they are doing or not doing. otherwise watch, pay attention. you might be paying a bigger tax bill. >> reporter: a harsh reality, no matter who you are, with very real and realtime consequences. >>> making news now at 5:52. a tour bush crash in easter, oregon has killed nine people and injured more than 20 others. the driver lost control on interstate 84. the bus crashed through a guardrail and plummeted down a steep embankment. investigators are waiting to talk to the bus driver, because he was seriously injured. >>> new england doesn't have to be dreaming about a white new year's because it is here. milford, massachusetts got more than a foot of snow. coastal towns got rain though. >>> the hobbit an unexpected
economy is our american congress. >> reporter: since friday, the democrats' point man has been majority leader harry reid. >> everybody should hang loose. because we -- something may break and we'll be able to get something done. >> reporter: the top republican in the senate made clear he wanted to shake up the talks by changing players. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: mcconnell called on joe biden, who spent decades in the senate. and the vice president headed to the white house sunday. >> the vice president and i worked together on solutions before and i believe we can again. >> reporter: behind closed doors and working the phones, biden is described as democrats as playing the good cop as reid was more bad cop. >> there's still significant difference between the two sides but the discussions continue. >> reporter: it came not long after the president appeared on the "meet the press" and called out mcconnell and boehner on tax hikes. >> i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and mcconnell to accept the fact tha
will likely shrink in 2013. jessica doyle with more on that part of the story. >> reporter: whether or not you think congress can pull off some sort of fiscal cliff compromise before major economic fallout sets in, there's one thing you need to be prepared for, for many of you, your paycheck will go down in the new year. here's why. the payroll tax was cut by two percentage points over the last two years to give the economy a little nudge. experts say that tax holiday is coming to an end and the small tax break adds up big over the course of a year. the center on budget and policy priorities says it's about $100 billion that will come out of our paychecks and go to the tax man. goldman sachs says that ending the tax holiday would shave 0.6 percentage points off economic growth next year which is not predicted to be all that strong anyway and here's the impact on you. let's say you make $50,000 a year, that's an extra $20 out of every single paycheck every week. doesn't seem like a lot of money but when you do the math, it sure adds up. that's $1000 you won't be taking home in 2013. jessica doy
. the new congress takes office when? >> reporter: thursday. january 3rd. that's when the new congress is sworn in and i should tell you that democrats still control the senate with more seats. republicans still control the house but democrats do have more seats. so that will definitely change the dynamic. >> don't go anywhere. i know you are not going to go. you will go talk to people and find out what the story is. dana bash on pt ka hill. "outfront" next, despite what two republicans just told us, a republican from arizona says he won't support the senate bill. >>> let's bring in our political panel. tim carney, political columnist for the washington examiner. maria cardona and john avlon. maria, let's start with you. you have been listening to this as we have. it does sound like the republicans are not all that enthused about the idea that they are going to get their amended bill passed tonight, going back to the senate and have the senate look at it again. in fact, they seem to be resigned to the idea that this is just going to be an up or down vote and it is going to pass. >> rig
they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, the world's largest firearm supplier, said it morently sold more than three- and-a-half years worth of a.r.- ag magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. chb.i. background checks of intential gun buyers were up 31% 20 november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research rack ibis world, which tracks the gun industry, found gun venthusiasts are working dermselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws." an instructor at nova firearms re falls church, virginia, where hey nearly sold out of a.r.-15s and high-capacity magazines after newtown. so, ironically, this shooting is a.spiring mor
with the latest. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act immediately taxes will go up on all americans next tuesday. senate members are scheduled to get back to work tomorrow but there is no timetable for the house. many lawmakers pessimistic they will reach a deal. the president and the senate agreed to race taxes on houses making more than $250,000 a year. if the republican controlled house that's holding out. the house speaker wants a tax increase only for those making a million dollars or more. joe lieberman feel we will go over the cliff. >> it would be the biggest consequencal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> reporter: the current congress is only in session until january 3rd. there is no deal by then, nearly 100 new members of congress woulden heart the problem. >> thank you. starbucks ceo is pushing federal lawmakers to resolve the fiscal cliff. he ask asking workers at all 120 washington stores to write come together on every cup they hand to customers thursday and friday. he said he wants to send a message to lawmakers to find common ground and fix the issue. th
. >>reporter: if congress fails to avoid the fiscal cliff the financial consequences are significant. now there's a computer program that will figure specifically what each of us can expect next year. tax policy center fiscal cliff calculator peck your category married single with or without children enter the income and press to, it will pop up but you have to cough up next year. >> 17,000 dollars higher. that's a lot. >>reporter: jason is an engineer from cupertino with wife and 3 kid. he's looking at extra 17,000 in change. renee of carson just calculated what her family will pay. >> my god. that's another additional, i mean, deduction. >>reporter: 4 dollars short of 3000 dollars. >> i know. i know. >>reporter: she says it's like losing a month salary for her or her husband. pretty significant reduction. >> oh, yes. yes. it's a big one. >>reporter: here's other quick calculations. single person making 46,000 can count on increase of 1300. married with no children income of 57,000 it's an extra 2200 you will be paying. married with two kids and income of 146,000, 7300 more.
. praying for the redskins. hope they bring something home. >> reporter: congress still struggling with the self-imposed fiscal cliff. visitors and joggers on the mall were more focused on themselves than the political drama a few yards away. >> resolution to jog on new year's day? >> i didn't make a resolution. i run lee, four times a week. it is nothing new. >> reporter: you don't need a new year's -- >> no. no. probably could stop drinking after last night. other than that, no, in no new year's resolution. >> to be a better person and prove my own demeanor. >> reporter: were you a bad person in 2012? >> i don't think so. i think i mid a lot of progress in 2012. i think i want to be a better sister to my sister and better daughter to my parents this year. have a lot of patience with my friends. >> reporter: for all we may plan for ourselves let's not forget our pets. do you have a resolution for your dog? >> train him. he is going to go after the squirrels. we are done with squirrels important the new year. >> i don't think that resolution is going to be kept either. jim and pat?
of the country. >> reporter: so in march another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> immediately after commenting on the house vote the president headed to andrews air force base in maryland and this is new video from overnight where he boarded the plane to fly to hawaii to rejoin his family. obama spent five days there before returning to the white house last thursday. >>> changes are coming to the health care for the coming year of 2013 the main is health insurance exchanges. they must be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange. other things you need to watch out for, contributions to a flexible spending account is limited to 2500 dollars. you're allowed to deduct more unreimbursed medical cost when you file taxes but for that you have to itemize. >> 6:47. going back to school tomorrow could be tough for students and staff of sandy hook elementary. they are going back to class and they he won't return to the same building but will go to another school in a nearby town. desks and belongi
because people can't do their jobs. >> reporter: harry reid and mitch mccono agreed to spend the weekend working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. >> house members don't get back here tonight sunday night. >>> president david wilson may be getting a remove of sorts after a lengthy public meeting months announced it is negotiating to keep him on until june 2014. his current contract expires in june of 2013. it was a rough year with two shootings on campus. >>> the russian president signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. a law
all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day, lawmakers and aids moving back and forth between meeting rooms on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking point now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions. but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenue to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not agree to is using revenue to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even if the senate frawfs deal by midnight the house still has to pass the measure before the president can sign into it law. randall pinkston, cbs news, washington. >> even if it takes a few days to finish lawmakers say the cuts will be made retroactively but for federal employees they could go to work on wednesday not knowing if they will be sen
congress itself is the biggest rewarder of potential misconduct. >> being in congress gives you not just a golden parachute, you get a platinum one. >> reporter: former california congressman duke conning ham received his pecks after being imprisoned for his misconduct. . >> congress recently did expand the number of crimes for which its members would be stripped of their pensions and the u.s. house just passed a bill making it harder for federal workers who are suspended from the job to keep getting paid during that suspension. but that's not yet law. >> that was macfarlane reporting. >>> a national study has found modest declines in obesity in toddlers in poor families. researchers say the obesity epidemic may have peaked in kids between the ajs of two and four -- ages of two and four. scientists say school exercise programs are one reason for the change. broad changes in health and eating activities are also thought to be factors. >>> san francisco city officials are looking at a plan in which they would pay employees to make healthy choices. a new study those two-shirdz of the city
, then the amendment requires the administration to report to congress regarding the status of its process for declassifying these opinions, a process the administration has already said it's undertaking. so it just says tell us where you are. now, it's probably very clear from my discussion of this that i would prefer the opinions, the actual court opinions be declassified and that perhaps if they are sensitive, the national security information would be redacted. that's a normal process in which documents would be classified. you block out or remove the sections that are sensitive. but the amendment i'm presenting goes further on the side of protecting national security, saying you don't just have to do redacted court opinions. you can do a summary that addresses the significant legal interpretations without getting into any of the ways and means that might be embedded in a broughter court opinion. and that furthermore, if you make a decision, mr. attorney general, that not even that is possible without compromising national security, then update us on the process. but the key point is i
johnson is live with the latest on what this means for you. sherrie. >> reporter: well, after months of drama and some last- minutenegotiating, congress passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. lawmakers didn't make the deadline and didn't get the grand bargen that both parties claimed was the ultimate goal but democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. there was concern among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in but you will metly there were not -- ultimately there were not enough votes to it. the fiscal cliff deal would shield i come tax cuts for all workers earning less than 400,000 dollars a year. also prevent a tax hike on the estates valued at less than 5 million dollars and extend unemployment benefits for about 2 million people that were set to exspire. now although congress missed the january 1st midnight deadlineby-passing the compromise deal congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for
as tomorrow? >> reporter: right. congress will be sworn in tomorrow at noon. they're getting organized even today. to be honest, i think, suzanne, that there are two things happening. there's the fiscal cliff fallout, a lot of republicans were not happy about the spending in the bill. behind the scenes they told our producer that they understood what speaker boehner had to do and they weren't holding it against him. then we have this hurricane sandy relief bill, and to be honest it seems the speaker's office is quickly trying to fix that situation if they can. they're meeting with members from new york and new jersey today at 3:00 again coming from our producer. i think they realized and it would be hard not to that they angered many members and trying to figure out what they can do. they said speaker boehner's first priority in the next congress is the hurricane sandy aid. obviously, there are unhappy members and perhaps even more unhappy volters that they're going to have to speak to. we're going to hear from new jersey governor republican chris christie in the next hour as well, so that'
. >> but with this congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaer john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and even though congress did not meet the midnight deadline, tax cuts will be retroactive if the bill is eventually signed into law. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington, thank you so much. the bill also extends unemployment benefits for 2 million people. it prevents a 27% cut in fees for doctors who treat medicare patients. but many americans will see a tax hike because the bill does not affect a scheduled 2% increase in the payroll tax. it also kicked the can down the road on automatic spending cuts for the defense department and domestic programs. they've been postponed for two months. as lee cowan reports, that uncertainty has many business owners worried. >> reporter: jo ann vinute is running the numbers. her payroll is due this week. although she at least now has a hint on what taxes to withhold from her dozen employees, that's only half her worry. unresolved spending cuts are the other. >> it's very uncertain and very unnerving
gersh with more on the critical work that has to get done in washington this weekend. >> reporter: the president declared himself modestly optimistic congress could still reach an agreement to head off huge tax hikes on january first, but he also warned lawmakers to get their work done. >> the american people are not going to have patience with a self-inflicted wound on the economy. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell called the white house meeting a good one and he told his fellow republicans he hoped to have a fiscal cliff recommendation soon. >> we will be working hard to see if we can get there in next 24 hours and so i am hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but the sticking point remains finding something that can make it through the house with enough support from republicans. >> it seems like the 250 threshold that the president proposed previously is unlikely to pass the house in its current form, and so without some sort of additional compromise there, it seems unlikely that we're going to get something done before the end of the year. >> susie: you know
of congress then would share that after-action report with the local newspaper printer. than that newspaper printer would send their addition up and down the continent and you would see the after after-action report appear in multiple newspapers up and down the coast. here we have a january 23, 1777 issue of the continental journal. this includes george washington's own account of the battle of the crossing of the delaware. you can see it the top for dateline, baltimore and that is where congress was meeting at the time. i said earlier that you really don't see a lot of headlines in newspapers. mostly the datelines and the extract of the letter. here's april 21, 1775 gazette extraordinary for its content and data that reports the breaking news of the battle of content and concorde would also historically significant for his journalism. the fact that the left column there is dedicated to that lexington and concorde. more importantly, it's the two word headline, bloody news, which surely caught the attention of the columnist reading the newspaper. more so was the point that i made earlier abo
congress the wrong way. that's because they don't want to hold anyone accountable. >> reporter: who served more than 30 years and helped chair the famous 9/11 commission. e he says the getting the new board members appointed is crucial. >> whether or not you appoint the new members to the oce is a critical point. >> reporter: congressman hamilton is the director on center on congress at indiana university. >> it is going to tell us whether the leaders of the congress are serious or whether they are not serious about the enforcement of the standards of conduct within the institution. this is a critical test. >> it's really hard to know exa exactly who is quietly leading the effort to kill the oce. in the past, several lawmakers have criticized the agency or voted to slash its budget. john boehner and nancy pelosi need to lead the effort to reauthorize the oce and appoint new board members. so far it hasn't happened. >>> forget your waistline. milk, ice cream and other dairy products might slim down your wallet if congress fails to vote on a farm bill. the deadline is just hours away. [ fish
count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what tou're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the president appears willing and congress arpears prepared to go along with an idea of using time it havsn't really have. but after securing an extension of jobless benefits and tax thedits for low-income and poor working families, the president fhinks congress and more importantly the country can live with one day of cliff diving but not many more. >> major garrett, thank you. thl of this uncertainty is not sitting well with business owners. it's tough to run a company when you have no idea what's going to happen in washington. lee cowan has that part of the story. >> reporter: joanne is running the numbers. her payroll is due this week. although she at least now has a ozen of what taxes to withhold from her dozen employees, that's only half her worry. unresolved spending cuts are the other. >> it's very uncertain and very nnerving and very... causes a lot of anxiety and a lot of lack of sleep. >> reporter: she
a year. the average family making $100,000 a year will see $2,000 less annual. congress was foe cushioned on preventing deeper spending cuts and bigger tax hikes. reporting live in san jose janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 news. >> the last minute deal to prevent the fiscal tax did nothing to cut the deficit. coming up at 5:15 the two big pieces of unfinished business the new session of congress will have to deal with in the coming weeks. >>> deadly high speed crash in san francisco outside of a liquor store is still the focus of a police investigation and the arrest of the driver was all caught on video. it happened yesterday morning police with guns drawn as you can see there moved in on the unidentified subjects car. the suspect was arrested and being treated for minor injuries. they did find a gun inside that car. minutes before that arrest, the driver crashed into a white toyota at 21st and vaness. and surveillance video captured that crash as it happened. this all started with an earlier short of shots fired. police later pulled that driver over. but they say the driver sped away. >
because congress was focused on spending cuts and larger tax hikes. reporting live from san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 8:04. well, san francisco school students who eat school lunches are about to eat healthier. starting on monday, san francisco unified school district will introduce a new lunch menu provided by revolution foods. no more frozen foods, no more mystery meat. revolution foods say they make meals using local ingredients. no high-fuke dose corn syrup and nothing is -- no high- fructose corn syrup and nothing is frozen. >>> a new study finds a few extra pounds may not be bad to your health but the risk of death does rise substantially for those who are obese. researchers at the us centers for disease control analyzed 97 studies involving almost 3 million people worldwide. they found people with a body mass index considered moderately overweight had a 6% chance of death. but those with a higher bmi had a 29% higher chance of death. a bmi of 29 to 30 is considered overweight. i think 20, 25 is considered normal. >> why were you looking at me when you were
with congress to address government overspending. >> reporter: and the debt ceiling, before leaving for hawaii early this morning president obama urmged congress to raise it. >> we can't not pay bills that we already incurred. if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastroph catastrophic. >> reporter: no word when the president will sign the bill so in the end it was one day late but just in time for nervous veshz as markets re-opened this morning. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> investors appear to be reacting positively to the deal. the dow is up 2%. nasdaq up 2.5%. markets in asia and europe were also up today. >>> your taxes are still about to go up. a 2% payroll tax cut just expired. that means you'll be paying about $1,000 a year more in taxs if you make $50,000 a year. economists warn that could slow the country's economic growth but as much as .07% in the coming year. on the flip side the tax cut cost the government about $125 billion a year. >> this congressional t
minima nufring. congress and the president. doug luzader has the story live. >> reporter: good morning. more talks today to come up with an agreement and may come down to what this guy can do. vice president joe biden. >>> congress is ending 2012 with a real problem on its hands. >> when the future of the country rests in the hands of 70 and 80-year-olds who have jet lag, it's probably not the best thing. >> the vice president appears to be taking over after a republican counter offer was met by silence. senate majority leader said democrats couldn't respond. >> i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> minority leader reached out to the vice president whose years in the senate could help him broker a deal. we're talking something small probably a continuation of the bush era tax cuts and a renewal of long-term unemployment benefits. payroll taxes will go up tomorrow for everyone. a big hit for paychecks and sequester the government spending cuts would still happen. president obama blamed republicans. >> we don't see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to
, they can do things quickly, but they're just not there yet. chris? >> not there yet, story of congress. thank you, kelly. >> reporter: good to see you. >> with the hours ticking down, and as kelly said, no deal still done, the blame game, of course, is already under way. one thing is clear, the 112th congress wins the very dubious distinction of being the least productive congress in modern american history. i don't know if there's a ribbon of some sort for that. nbc's deputy political editor domenico montanaro is here with this morning's "first read." thank you for taking time and for crunching these numbers. let's go through the numbers that you guys in "first read," that let me put a plug in, i always read, got about bills and productivity in this congress. >> yeah, so, only 219 bills passed into law in this congress, the lowest number that we've seen. and you know, but the thing that you have to understand, i think there's a lot of republicans who don't necessarily think that that's a bad thing. they think shrinking the government, making the government do less are actually good th
with congressional leaders this afternoon. white house is denying reports to send a scaled back plan to congress. a deal at this point would probably extend bush era tax cuts for most americans and raise taxes on the country's top earners. it could also include an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, spending cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> new this morning, iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in th
is over by thursday at noon, that's when the new congress is sworn in. >> reporter: well, the way they put it, they are counting on the house to realize that this is the best option left, in their view, and fight on the tax -- sorry. fight on the debt issue in the next fight because there's a debt ceiling fight left to come. if they cannot get a win out of this, if this deal collapses, there is two moves the white house will have. one, they are starting to rebuild the relationship with the business community and i would expect the white house to call on ceos to pressure congress to either pass this bill now -- i wouldn't be surprised if they were calling ceos now pressuring them to pass this or get something passed before thursday and if not that, then play the blame game because already someone has said to me inside, if this goes down, then house republicans have pushed us off the fiscal cliff. now, we've fallen -- we're over the cliff but the blame is -- will be shifted to republicans for permanently putting us there, wolf. >> that's going to be a huge, huge political impact. we'll see w
ought to have a separate commission taking a look at this challenge, reporting back to congress and entertaining alternatives and substitutes on the floor that will meet, certify to meet the same goal. that is important. we also know that medicare in 12 years will not have the resources it needs to meet its obligations. 40 million or 50 million americans depend on it for, literally for their life and death issues when it comes to health care. we need to work on that immediately to deal with reducing the cost of medicare and still protecting the integrity and promise of that amazing program that has served us so well for almost 50 years. so we have a challenge ahead of us. first let's work together on a bipartisan basis to try to avoid this fiscal cliff. if we cannot, let's work as quickly as we can to get back on our feet on a bipartisan basis and come up with an agreement that moves our economy forward. finally, let's deal with destruction and long-term entitlement reform. that is part of our obligation. mr. president, i spoke to our senate democratic caucus a little earlier to
you the truth was not the fiscal cliff, it's a debt crisis. >> reporter: the sticking point of negotiations are now postponed for at least two months. >>> we talked with some taxpayers in the bay area, many say they're frustrated with the way congress has handled the fiscal cliff negotiation. >> there's interests and lobbyists that are really controlling the decision making. we're kind of an afterthought now. >> lawmakers came together tonight. some financial experts say the bigger issue is an out of control federal deficit. and that part of the deal still needs to be address the. >>> u.s. stock prices higher on this final day of the year. the dow industrials rose 156 points, the nasdaq was up 59. the markets had been flat all morning, but climbed after the president's remarks that a deal seemed close at hand. 2012 seemed to be a positive year for the markets overall. the dow was up 7%. s & s & p 500 15% and the nasdaq went up nearly 16% higher than when it started. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is in the hospital treating a blood clot. doctors say she did not suffe
was not the fiscal cliff, it's a debt crisis. >> reporter: the sticking point of negotiations are now postponed for at least two months. >>> we talked with some taxpayers in the bay area, many say they're frustrated with the way congress has handled the fiscal cliff negotiation. >> there's interests and lobbyists that are really controlling the decision making. we're kind of an afterthought now. >> lawmakers came together tonight. some financial experts say the bigger issue is an out of control federal deficit. and that part of the deal still needs to be address the. >>> u.s. stock prices higher on this final day of the year. the dow industrials rose 156 points, the nasdaq was up 59. the markets had been flat all morning, but climbed after the president's remarks that a deal seemed close at hand. 2012 seemed to be a positive year for the markets overall. the dow was up 7%. s & s & p 500 15% and the nasdaq went up nearly 16% higher than when it started. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is in the hospital treating a blood clot. doctors say she did not suffer a stroke and expect her to make
to come out and that bully pulpit can be a powerful weapon. >> reporter: certainly can be. good afternoon to you, t.j. the president using the bully pulpit. this is a part of the pressure on congress but also democrats who might be skeptical of this compromise that is coming to fruition so he came out today with middle class americans standing behind him and made the argument if we do, in fact, go over the cliff, if the steep tax hikes and spending cuts kick in to effect tomorrow, that the average american would see their taxes increase by about $2,000. this is an argument that he has been making for quite sometime now and appeared on "meet the press" this week with a similar argument and the event a part of that larger message and the president started to map out the contours of the deal coming together and i can tell you that this is what we can report, t.j. they have worked out the tax issues. so at this point in time, taxes will raise on folks making $400,000, individuals making $400,000 or more. couples making $450,000. the estate tax will go from 35% to 40% and unemployment insuranc
the last time i saw john boehner even crack a grin. [♪ theme music ♪] >> jennifer: 24 hours after congress finally did something, the right-wing is up in arms! the reports headline was republican horror new year. scary stuff. and it only got spookier from there as republicans turned on their own. >> republicans caved last night. >> they waited 20 years before giving themselves away. >> i would be. >> seriously, could the republican party have mismanaged this any worse. >> i think the president did a great job of getting the speaker to undo everything that he promised he would do. >> after midnight and all of that partying and rivalry that goes on at new year's eve, what i can tell you is they did half a bill. >> jennifer: not just the folks on the right who are whining and complaining, there are some on the left who are almost giving the tea party for dogmattic money. paul krugman wrote . . . >> jennifer: okay. i love paul krugman but on this one i have to strongly disagree. let's take a look at what progressives actually got. first democrats got tax increases for the we
reached at this point, clearly congress still has a lot of work ahead of them, right? >>reporter: absolutely, wisdom. what we saw here on capitol hill over these last few weeks just to get the fiscal cliff bill passed is just one battle in this big fiscal war where compromises are really hard to reach, even in moments of crisis. it was literally the 11th hour, after 11:00 at night when house speaker john boehner finally put the senate plan up for a vote. as i said 267-157 with mostly democratic support. republicans voted against it almost 2-1. for pompano beach of the day house republicans -- for most of the day the house republicans debated on spending cuts. senate leaders warned that would blow apart the entire deal. the deal does mean taxes will only go up on americans making $400,000 or couples making $450s. these fewer people than president obama initially wanted. it also extends long-term unemployment benefits, fixes the alternative minimum tax and prevents a spike in dairy prices. it delays the $109 billion in automatic spending cuts for just two months. now, those cuts a
. shame on you. shame on congress. >> our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash, is on capitol hill. there has been dramatic moves in the last few minutes or so. what is the latest? >> reporter: the latest is within the past hour from the speaker's office, down the hall behind me, he met with members of the delegation who were angry and promised them there would be a series of votes to get people in sandy-stricken areas the federal money. $9 billion this friday, that will be the vote. and when the new congress has the first legislative day on january 15th, $51 billion. so republicans were very appeased and certainly happy. listen to peter king of new york. >> it was his decision and we disagreed with it and made it clear last night and that's in the past. all i care about is my constituents and the constituents in new york and new jersey devastated and clearly the speaker responded and that's all. i take him out his word, and him and the majority leader are both in full agreement. >> reporter: what about the anger being voiced at the house speaker? he said that was a lifetime a
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